With the 5pm deadline passing, the list of early entry candidates for the 2010 NBA Draft is set. These players will not be able to return to school and have officially declared themselves professionals, regardless or not if they have an agent. Rivals has supplied us with a final list of who’s in and who’s out. I won’t go over each and every candidate (mostly because I’ve never heard of a quarter of them), here are a few decisions that I find notable, if nothing else:
Staying In The Draft
Courtney Fortson, G, Arkansas – the much maligned point guard may have not been welcomed back in Fayetteville regardless, but he has little to no chance of being drafted. Despite is being a weak point guard class, few teams are going to want his headache.
Gordon Hayward, G/F, Butler – Yes, he undoubtedly will never be able to top this past season and yes, he’s a projected lottery pick, but does he scream Adam Morrison to anyone else besides me?
AJ Ogilvy, F, Vanderbilt – Um, why? Barring injury, you can’t tell me his stock is higher now than it could be in another year. But some team might take a flyer on him in the second round, trying to find a homeless man’s Andrew Bogut.
Other notable staying in…
Xavier Henry (Kansas), Terrico White (Ole Miss), Eniel Polynice (Ole Miss)
Staying in School
E’Twaun Moore & JaJuan Johnson, Purdue – The return of these two guys makes Purdue a title contender, no doubt. You’ll probably find them Top 3 in most preseason polls.
Alex Tyus, F, Florida – YES!!! Now we have a front row seat to watch his hairline steadily creep backwards.
Dee Bost & Ravern Johnson, G, Mississippi St. – I didn’t even realize these guys declared for the draft, but they’re both heading back to MSU. If Renardo Sidney finally gets cleared to play the Dogs could be the SEC preseason favorite.
Kenneth Faried, F, Morehead St. – Surely you know Faried by now. This is exciting news for Morehead and the OVC that Faried decided to return to school. Probably would have been a late 2nd round pick, but now keeps MSU in the OVC title picture. Good for the school and the state.
Other notable withdrawing…
Scotty Hopson (Tennessee), Trey Thompkins (Georgia),